Orange, Wendell and New Salem look ahead to new school, police pact and leaders – The Recorder – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Editor’s note: This week, the Greenfield Recorder is running a series of articles on what residents can likely expect in 2022. This installment focuses on Orange, Wendell and New Salem.

ORANGE — The plan is for the new three-story, roughly 50,000-square-foot addition being built onto Fisher Hill Elementary School to be completed by fall 2022, when the old section of the building will be gutted and remodeled as the second phase of the town’s elementary school project.

Bruce Scherer, chair of the Orange School Building Committee, said 1.4 million pounds of reinforced concrete for the first-floor slab was poured in the middle of the month, and the third floor, which meshes with the roof of the existing Fisher Hill building, is expected to be finished in February. The second floor will be poured sometime before February.

“Everything is working out very smoothly,” Scherer said. “We’re very happy with J&J Contractors (of Billerica), who won the bid. They’re doing excellent work.”

Dexter Park Innovation School is set to be demolished once the addition is built onto Fisher Hill. All students will be moved into the expanded and renovated building, which is expected to serve the town’s educational needs for at least 50 years. Dext

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